The New York Knicks knew what they were getting when they signed Jason Kidd in free agency. Has he lived up to the billing?
You can see why Mark Cuban was so upset with Kidd’s decision to leave Dallas. The veteran of 18 years still has plenty of good basketball left in him, and he’s shown that through the early part of the season for the Knicks.
In limited minutes, Kidd has averaged 9.0 PPG, 3.7 APG, 3.7 RPG and 2.0 SPG, while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and 54.5 percent from three. He hasn’t played more than 25 minutes in any of his three appearances so far this season, but that’s mainly because he hasn’t had to.
Why? Well, the Knicks are killing teams left and right and have jumped out to a 3-0 start. They’ve been the most impressive team so far this season and Kidd’s experienced has certainly helped the cause.
With career averages of 13.0 points, 9.0 assists and 6.4 rebounds, we know what kind of career Kidd has had. He’s a lock for the Hall of Fame and will go down as one of the best point guards to ever play the game.
New York is still hoping he has much more to give though as they take a crack at a legitimate title contention this season. Kidd has started in the backcourt alongside another new face in Raymond Felton, and the partnership seems to be working well.
There aren’t many people who read the game better than Kidd out on the perimeter, and his passing ability is still second to none. He’s got a prolific scorer in Carmelo Anthony to find whenever possible, which definitely takes a lot of the pressure off offensively.
With the addition of Kidd and the monster play of Anthony, the Knicks will be a viable team to becom the Beasts of the East this season.